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Ronda

I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.

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  • Arcadia Falls: Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Mia says: "I couldn't make it past 5 minutes"
    "Good idea that needs more work."
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    The free first chapter got me hooked but I was disappointed in the rest of the story. I thought the plot was erratic and repetitive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Skillfully weaving history with mystery, Philip Kerr sets this thrilling story in the 1696 Tower of London, where Sir Isaac Newton, warden of the Royal Mint (a post he actually held), and his apprentice Christopher Ellis (also a real person) track down a counterfeiting ring and, as the body count increases, a murderer. "An illuminating, often crackling exploration into the mysteries of science, mathematics, religion, and human nature," raves Booklist in a starred review.

    Jim says: "A cracking Yarn not a biography!"
    "Wasn't what I expected."
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    The description sounded much better than the novel. I had always been taught that Isaac Newton believed the teachings of the Bible and that his discoveries strengthened, not weakened, his faith. I thought this was going to be a fun read about his crime-solving skills, not about his (lack of) faith.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (2223)
    Story
    (2235)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Darwin8u says: "Pagford upon Avon"
    "Big Disappointment so far."
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    I've tried to read it twice but it isn't grabbing my interest. It's really a big disappointment. I expected more depth from J.K. Rowling. Perhaps she should go back to writing juvenile fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mortal: The Books of Mortals, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    A terrible secret was closely guarded for centuries: every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity. Nine years have gone by since an unlikely hero named Rom Sebastian first discovered a secret and consumed an ancient potion of blood to bring himself back to life in Forbidden. Surviving against impossible odds, Rom has gathered a secret faction of followers who have also taken the blood - the first Mortals in a world that is dead.

    C. Brown says: "Another Solid Hit for Dekker & Lee"
    "Surprisingly good sequel to Forbidden."
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    Although this sequel takes place nine years after Forbidden, Dekker & Lee write a smooth transition with well-placed reminders. They introduce several new characters that interact with the old ones and further develop the ideas in the the first book. The story is somewhat of an allegory of the gospel but doesn't parallel it. It reminds me of the Circle Trilogy. If you enjoyed those books, you'll probably enjoy these as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Oath

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    National best-selling author Frank Peretti is an undisputed master of supernatural thrillers. The Oath has sold nearly a million copies and won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction. When a nature photographer is killed and mutilated while camping, common sense points to a rogue bear on the prowl. But the search for answers uncovers a century of sin-and a beast of ghastly power. Filled with chilling suspense and unforgettable imagery, The Oath is an epic tale of good versus evil.

    Linda says: "Brilliant! Loved it!"
    "I've read this book four times and still love it!"
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    This is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. It's an exciting thriller about sin and redemption unlike any other I've read. It's not preachy but the message is clear: We are slaves to sin and Satan, but the good news is that God forgives when we repent. Even though I've read it twice and listened twice, I never get bored with it. Tom Stechschulte does a terrific job with the narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Piercing the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (194)

    Across a vast panorama of heart-stopping action, Sally Roe flees for her life. Her journey is a penetrating portrayal of our times, and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of the Cross.

    Penny says: "Disc one is over change to disc two........."
    "Sequel that lives up to all expectations!"
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    Another winner by my favorite author. I think this is my third or fourth "reading." I will definitely listen again. Kevin Foley narrated well. Still waiting for the movie/mini series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Present Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (370)

    A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

    Kimberly says: "The one that started Peretti"
    "One of the best novels on the power of prayer."
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    I've loved this novel every time I've read it. This is the first time I've listened. Jack Sondericker performed well. I still wish someone would make a movie based on this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Courageous: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift....

    Jennifer says: "Excellent!!"
    "Like the movie? Read the book!"
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    I read the book then watched the movie. The authors did a great job filling in the gaps with more characters and expanding the plot. I sure hope there's more to come with similar Christian themes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Christian: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Gregory
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    A.D. 2088. Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.

    Mike says: "An intersection of science and belief."
    "Amazing and believable!"
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    David Gregory did a fantastic job depicting a future without Christianity. It is plain to see how society today is already heading in that direction with a little help from technology and the government. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (365)

    He would go to Hell.... At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.

    Deborah says: "Half-Harted"
    "Not what I expected."
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    I was somewhat disappointed in this novel. I thought the plot could have a bit faster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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